Each year, IHRSA offers two scholarships to The IHRSA Institute, a program that has an impressive history of educating, connecting, and motivating the next generation of health club professionals.
“The Institute represents one of IHRSA’s first initiatives to reach out to the next generation of industry leaders,” says John McCarthy, who was IHRSA’s first executive director, serving for 25 years. “In essence, it is a transfer of business experience from today’s leaders to the those of tomorrow.”
The Institute was founded more than 30 years ago as a way to give back to the health club and fitness industry. Pam O’Donnell, IHRSA’s vice president of member experience and development, describes it as a “management boot camp for health club operators” offering executives a deeper dive than that typically experienced at an industry convention.